Interview: Charice Hopes to Sing in Pacquiao Fight
Pussycat Doll next to sing RP anthem in Pacman bout?
MANILA – After world-class performers Lea Salonga and Charice, it is Nicole Scherzinger’s turn to express her desire to sing the country’s national anthem in People’s Champ Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao’s bouts.
Scherzinger, the half Filipino lead singer of popular American pop girl group “Pussycat Dolls,” said, if given a chance, she is willing to sing Lupang Hinirang in one of his fights.
“[It] would be an honor to sing the national anthem. So, let’s make that happen!” she said.
The singer admitted that she is a big fan of the Filipino boxing icon and that she has been following his career.
“I’m so proud of him. I’ve been following him. It’s just awesome to see my kababayans out there like Apl [de Ap of Black Eyed Peas] and Manny… there’s so much pride,” she said.
Scherzinger also revealed there are offers for her to appear in the planned movie of Pacquiao and Hollywood star Sylvester Stallone.
“I’ve been given the Manny Pacquiao script so we’ll see what happens with that… if I’m going to be part of that in any way it will be a blessing,” she said.
Earlier, Charice and Salonga also expressed their desire to sing the country’s national anthem in Pacman’s fights. Pacquiao traditionally handpicks an artist who will sing Lupang Hinirang. In his match with Ricky Hatton, he chose Martin Nievera.
Scherzinger is in the Philippines, along with other Pussycat Dolls Kimberly Wyatt, Melody Thornton and Ashley Roberts, for a one-night only concert. Another member, Jessica Sutta, was not able to join the group because of her injury.
Dubbed as “A Clear Doll Domination: The Pussycat Dolls Live in Manila,” the show will be held at SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City on June 11.
They are expected to perform their hit singles from their “Doll Domination” album including “When I Grow Up,” “I Hate This Part,” “Whatcha Think About That,” and “Jai Ho (You Are My Destiny).”
This is the second time that the all-female singers group will perform for their Filipino fans. The Pussycat Dolls’ first concert was held at the Araneta Coliseum in July of 2006.
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